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Title: Williamsport, IN Warren Review Thursday, July 18, 1901 Edition
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Oliver Hazzard Perry Sheffer This gentleman was born May 9, 1824 in Indianapolis, and died at Colorado Springs Colo., July 2, 1901, aged 67 years, 1 month, 23 days. He was the eldest son of Nicholas Sheffer and for several years was a resident of this place and engaged in the trade of a carpenter. After the war he removed with is family to Neodesha, Kan., and from there, about 1878, moved to Colorado Springs Col., where he died of apoplexy, leaving a wife, whose maiden name was Sarah Crider, and eight children-2 sons and 6 daughters, all living but one, and all married. Deceased was a brother to Treasurer Jacob Sheffer of this place. He and all his brothers served in the civil War. His stepfather, the late David Etnire said he had eight representatives in that war-3of his own sons and 5 stepsons. Judge James M. Sellar Dead Judge James M. Sellar of Crawfordsville, Ind., Last Saturday morning took his own life in his law office, using Morphine for his Purpose. He was found in a dying condition at 7:30 a.m. by A. L. Lee, an attorney who entered the office not knowing there was anything wrong. By the side of the dying man was found the following letter, the latter part of which was sadly broken and scribbled, he probably become unconscious before he could finish it. The Letter says: To Whom It May Concern: "With me life has been a total failure. it might have been entirely different. There has been no one to blame for this difference but myself. I have raised quite a family and they are, each member, superior in general and special subjects of all kinds. I have been the poorest kind on a financier for everyone, and especially for myself. I am preparing to leave the world, badly in debt to it. I have, as is usually the case with a worthless husband, been blessed with the bravest, purest, truest and most patient wife ever given to a man. I have abused the best set of friends ever possessed by one man. I feel that I am a dead weight entirely, too heavy for the worthy, willing members of my family to carry. Indeed, they will be better off without me than with me. Feeling so, why should I live to be an onus, a dead weight for others to carry? I have chosen the morphine route as the cheapest and most certain. Let no one try to pay my debts. They are paid by this act of mine. If I could I would suggest a few I would see paid than others. I freely forgive those who have wronged me. Hoping this explanation, I now feeling tired and sleepy, subscribe myself." Deceased in the 70's came to Williamsport where he read law with J. W. Sutton. In 1872 he was with Mr. Sutton in the law Practice, the firm being Sutton & Sellar. afterwards a brother, Francis M. Sutton, was admitted to the firm and it became Sutton, Sellar and Sutton. This was when their office was in the old County Recorder's office in the old public square in the Old Town. Mr. Sellar remained here until sometime in 1875, when he went to Crawfordsville and engaged in the practice of his profession. He was a Democrat of the old school and held several prominent positions in his party, at one time district chairman, at another county chairman of his party. From 1892 to 1896, he was State Senator for his district, composed of Montgomery and Putnam Counties, and became quite prominent during his term. in 1896 he sought the nomination of governor in his party but was beaten in the convention by Mr. Shirely. Mrs. Louise Moore of this place in an aunt of deceased, being a sister of the mother. His tragic death has fallen like a pall upon all who knew him and their sympathies go out to those whom he leaves behind-a wife and three children. Deceased was born in Montgomery County in 1845 and at his death was 56 years of age, and for years was a near neighbor to show that Mr. Sellar deliberately planned his own destruction and, probably believing that with death all things ceased to exist. James Swadley received a message Monday that his daughter, Mrs. Anna Doughty of Vincennes, died that day, She leaves four children, one of them Paul soldering, in the Philippines. Her husband, Rev. Theodore Doughty, is a prominent prohibition lecturer and at one time an Elder in the Free Methodist Church. Lewis Parker aged 30 of Oxford, Ind., died at the home of his parents last Monday afternoon, from paralysis. He had been an invalid for sometime prior to his death. He lost his wife about six years ago. He leaves one child. Deceased was a member of the Christian Church. The funeral services were held yesterday at 9 O'clock a.m., at the Christian Church, Rev. Mr. Hall, the pastor officiating. Deceased was a brother of dr. Parker of this place, who was with him at the time of his death. Mrs. Parker went to Oxford Tuesday.

Date: 7/18/1901
Origin: Warren Review Extracted from Microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003752
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 2/28/2015
Entered By: Chris Brown

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